Château Lafite Rothschild (Bordeaux, France) With 400 years of wine history behind it, Château Lafite is undoubtedly one of the oldest winemakers in the world. Greg Lambrecht, who invented the Coravin wine preservation system on the list of the best gifts for lovers of T&C technology, loves this wine from the Northern Rhone. The wine is powerful but elegant, incredibly suitable for food and features red and black fruits with a firm core wrapped in a layer of sweet spices. The wines that won the NYWWC Best of Class awards are all outstanding and many represent exceptional values.
Lafon is a well-known Burgundian winemaker and the Willamette Valley is 45 degrees north (just like the Gold Coast in Burgundy), so it's no surprise that these wines have Burgundian influences. This wine from British Columbia features a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot, 6% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot. This relatively unknown wine region has been producing exceptional wines at affordable prices. I have discovered that when other of the best Bordeaux wines begin to lose their precision in aging (between 40 and 80 years old), this estate keeps going.
The wine itself is a blend of around 90% Tinto Fino (a clonal variation of Tempranillo, with thicker skins) and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and is aged 10 years before being released in French and American barrels. Lambrecht likes this Zinfandel from Ridge, a winery she calls a master blender and, in particular, the queen of Zinfandel blends. The NYWWC identifies the Best in Show, the highest award it awards, in all the wine categories it judges. Many wineries have discovered that NYWWC recognition is the golden key to opening up a wide range of domestic and often international distribution.
We may not be astrologers, but with wine sales booming in recent years, there has never been a better time to enjoy a moment of discovery. AVNI is accessible, with a silky texture and a flavor that makes it an excellent pairing with dishes that normally require a larger wine. Their influence is substantial; many wines that rank high on the list sell quickly in the following months, often at higher prices.